End-of-Year Hurdles

Hurdles at the end of the year.

Performance Hurdles

Voice and Dance Hurdles: Friday, May 11, 2018 - 3:30 - Albert Taylor Theatre
Acting Hurdles: Monday and Tuesday May 14 & 15, 2018 - 6:30pm - SPEC

Complete guide for 2018 Hurdles coming soon. 

Purpose and process

All students in the performance B.F.A. programs are subject to end-of-the-year evaluations. Since the end of a student's first year is of particular importance, students must re-audition to continue on in their program at this time. Transfer students who have not yet passed the Advanced Scene Study course will also be evaluated to make sure satisfactory progress is being made. These auditions will be held near the end of the term in May.

B.A. students interested in auditioning for the B.F.A. Acting or Musical Theatre programs may petition to audition through the performance committee. The petition form is available and can be submitted to the hurdles coordinator online by the date noted on the Petition Form. The committee will respond to the petitions as quickly as possible.

The Acting "hurdle" for all performance majors (Acting and Musical Theatre) consists of the performance of a scene done at the end of the second course in the first-year acting sequence (Acting II).

Musical Theatre majors are also required to learn and perform two songs, up-tempo and ballad (see specifics), and a dance, which are performed for all of the faculty in the performance area (acting, music, and dance). The dance sequence is taught a few days prior to the hurdle audition.

Musical Theatre students also perform prescribed material for Private Voice juries at the end of each semester.

Possible outcomes of the hurdle

  1. Unqualified acceptance
  2. Probation, which indicates a qualified acceptance assuming competencies in the specified area(s) will be met within a designated time period. Those on Acting probation re-audition with the final scene in Advanced Scene Study. Those on Vocal and/or Dance probation re-audition at hurdles the following year.
  3. Denial and redirection to another Theatre major

Design and Production, Stage Management, and Theatre Administration Hurdles

Purpose and process

All students in a B.F.A. program are subject to end-of-the-year evaluations. Since the end of a student's first year is of particular importance, students must complete a portfolio review to continue on in their program. These reviews will be held near the end of the term in April.

B.A. students interested in the B.F.A. Stage Management, Theatre Administration, or Design and Production programs may petition to review with the Department Chair.

For Design and Production B.F.A. students, the hurdle consists of an evaluation of their portfolios, which should contain specific projects as required by the design faculty.

For Stage Management and Theatre Administration B.F.A. students, the hurdle will consist of an evaluative discussion and portfolio review with the student, the department chair, another faculty member, and the departmental Production Manager.

Possible outcomes of the hurdle

  1. Unqualified acceptance
  2. Probation, which indicates a qualified acceptance assuming competencies in the specified area(s) will be met within a designated time period.
  3. Denial and redirection to another major